The Natural Storyteller is a vibrant invitation to embrace a world of stories all about nature, animals and plants – and our relationship with them. Traditional tales, contemporary yarns, and real-life stories about our planet will immerse young readers in the world around them. Georgiana Keable shows through a range of techniques – sometimes the power of the story alone – how to interpret, re-tell and pass these stories on for the future. This diverse collection of stories will nurture active literacy skills, and help form an essential bond with nature. The stories are accompanied by story-map sketches by the author, riddles, tips for telling, and practical activities.
48 stories from across the world, arranged into chapters as follows:
Story Heart; Story Mind; Story Tree; Story Animal; Story Bird; Story Earth; Story Water; Story Weather; The First Party.
Extras: Myths from the Land of You – creating a new story from your own life. Riddles, story maps, story skeletons, songlines, quizzes, planting a tree, wildlife tracking, making a story party – some of the activities included in the book that play with and reinforce the art of storytelling.
For teachers and parents: Story Sources – the background and origin of the stories; Using the Story – how each story can work in your local area and with your children.
‘The book is life affirming. All of its stories are about taking delight in creation. It is a journey into storytelling as well as story.’ —Hugh Lupton, award-winning Storyteller
Georgiana Keable is a storytelling pioneer. She tells stories reflecting our relationship with nature, and has taught storytelling at Oslo University since 1997. Visit her author page for more information.